Hi Mark, and all the other good people hoping to join in with the WSR Policar meeting,
PM sent about paying the entry fee...thanks for asking......if anyone else wants to use paypal for the entry fee just PM me on slot forum and I will send you the info.
The meeting is starting to come together in many ways....so here is an update as at Tuesday 14th Feb......with a few weeks to go....
Wirral Slot Car club is run by Paul Taylor...he is the boss man....but this is the first open meeting that Paul will be running....the idea for the meeting came from Paul Cooper ...who will also be one of the people in charge on the day.....and Wirral club member Peter Wright will add his knowledge and experience to try and make the day run smoothly and be an enjoyable day out for everyone who attends.
Wirral Slot Car club will be running Policar racing at their club night on Tuesday 7th March and of course all are welcome ......it would be polite to let Paul Taylor/Paul Cooper/Pete Wright know if you want to join in......Paul Taylor usually opens the club from early afternoon.....3 pm ish....but please do check with Paul/Paul/Peter if you plan to come, just to confirm all the final details. We hope to run through the race computer set up on this night and check that the computer will run all the races the way we want on the actual day.
The race plan is that everyone will have 4 x 5 minute heats that will then deliver a qualifying order for the step up finals.
2 racers will step up from every final.....in other words...the top 2 qualifyers will go straight to the A final...everybody else will have lots of chances to join them.....the 2 racers who 'step up' to the A final will be razor sharp after lots of close racing...while the 2 top qualifyers will have cold tyres and much worry about the 2 aces joining them who will be well and truly 'in the zone'.......
All the finals will be a minimum of 5 minutes......but our hope is...depending on how much time we have on the day.....to gradually increase the length of time of the finals so that the A final ends up being a 10 minute event.
The basic idea is that everyone should have lots of track time on the day...and lots of close racing against competitors lapping around the same time bracket.
Doors open at 9.30 am.....practice until 1.30 pm
The entry fee includes refreshments...but these need to be taken and enjoyed during practice time.
Racing starts at 1.30 pm
We hope that the meeting will end around 5.30 pm......
The prizegiving will include a 'spirit of the meeting' award...we have no idea how we will choose the winner of this.....but enthusiasm, sporting spirit, distance traveled to attend the meeting, or the car that lands the farthest distance from the track (on the floor or up a wall) may well be the kind of thing that will sway the judges on the day.....
Really big news regarding the event on Saturday 11th March.....is that Paul Taylor was worried that the hot dog lunch included in the entry fee...would not match the standard of his excellent coffee.....so Paul has taken the executive decision to put gourmet chicken stew on the menu instead.....a veggie lunch option will be available but again it would be great to let Paul/Paul/Peter know if you want the veggie option just to make sure that no one is disappointed on the day....
So this seems to me the list of officials and duties we have planned for the day....in order of importance of course !
Paul Taylor...meeting boss....in charge of coffee and food....in charge of race control computer
Paul Cooper.....second in command meeting boss.....also in charge of lemon drizzle cake arrangements..(hopefully....)
Peter Wright.....in charge of race control for most of the day.....
Pete Crane.....in charge of scrutineering (standard Policar - F22 Policar tyres and aluminium Policar wheels ok, 65mm max width, 1 mm minimum ground clearance.....and remember...real men do not use magnets....!!)......and also in charge of practice from 9.30 to 1.30 pm working with race control to ensure that first time visitors have plenty of track time during practice. I also hope to write a race report and e mail it to all entrants as a momento of the meeting....so go easy on me for marshalling as I try to keep up with the racing.....
Entry list as at 14.2.2023
Pete Crane - paid
Paul Taylor - paid
Paul Cooper - paid
Steve Hills - paid
Moss Hills - paid
Kev (WSR club member)
Adam (WSR club member)
John (WSR club member)
That brings us to the magic number of 20 racers.....but often at meetings...people drop out for various reasons.....so we reckon that we have space for another 2 racers to join in if anyone out there is tempted...we can just squeeze 22 in without causing the entrants any problems...and it makes sense to use that capacity to the full just in case anyone can't actually make it on the day.